Are you interested in going on your first camping trip but don’t know where to begin? The Parks Canada Learn-to Camp team has you covered!

The Parks Canada Learn-to Camp program equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to feel confident planning and carrying out your first camping adventure. We’d love you to come and learn about camping, national parks, hiking, camp cooking, and the outdoors with us!

In Toronto, there are three ways you can get your first taste of camping or enhance your skills to take your camping experience to a new level:

Pop-up activities

Free, drop-in sessions at convenient locations and festivals throughout the Greater Toronto Area, to introduce participants to Parks Canada and camping in the great outdoors.

Check back in spring 2019 for dates and locations.

*Admission fees may apply

Learn-to Camp GTA workshops
Learn-to Camp Workshops


Free workshops (1 - 2 hours) to help participants acquire basic camping skills and learn about outdoor activities. These take place in many public libraries and community centres.

Check back in spring 2019 for dates and locations.

Overnight Learn-to Camp

Learn-to camp overnights
Learn-to Camp Overnight

Think you might want to experience the pleasure of overnight camping but just need a helping hand? Register for Parks Canada's overnight Learn-to Camp program in Toronto!

The overnight Learn-to Camp program introduces visitors to camping in a fun and safe way. Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) have teamed up to teach the art of setting-up camp, enjoying the outdoors safely, roasting the perfect marshmallow and more, while providing you with the skills necessary for a successful night under a starry sky.

These low-cost, overnight camping experiences take place in Glen Rouge Campground within Rouge National Urban Park. Camping gear and workshops are provided; participants bring their own food and sleeping bags.  

Registration opens May 2019. For more information and to register, please call 1-844-365-2646.


Ready for your own camping adventure? Here are some helpful hints for a memorable camping trip.

For more information about the Learn-to Camp program please contact our Learn-to Camp Coordinator at